Planners love to point out that people who live in walkable neighborhoods tend to walk more, but they’re quick to admit that we don’t entirely understand that relationship. A new paper from America Walks seeks to address that by using survey data to answer some burning questions, namely things like:
- How much more do people who live in pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods walk than people who live in neighborhoods that are not as conducive for walking?
- What about people who happen to live in walkable neighborhoods for whom “walkability” was not a decisive factor in choosing where to live?
- Do these people also walk more than others who live in less walkable neighborhoods?
To answer these questions, the survey queried respondents about both the type of walking they did in a typical week, including “utilitarian” (to get some place) and “health/relaxation” (exercise, walking a dog) walking.